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2017 Award Winners

Sponsored by the Magic Valley Arts Council, the 7th Annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley winners were announced tonight during the Awards Ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre. The ceremony brought to a close the public-voting art contest where over 280 artists showcased their work in 80 locations throughout Twin Falls, ID. Art & Soul of the Magic Valley is a city-wide art appreciation and awareness event awarding $40,000 in prize money. Major Supporters of this year’s contest are Art Guild of Magic Valley, Blue Lakes Inn, Locally Owned Radio, Magic Valley Mall, and Premier Autogroup.

The Magic Valley Mall was the sponsored Venue for the 4TH Annual Youth Category were 136 students showcased their talents. Chosen by public vote, the winners were: Elementary Division – 3RD Place winner and recipient of $25: Kya Weeks, 10 years old from Twin Falls; 2ND Place winner and recipient of $75: Dakota Bennett, 6 years old of Buhl, ID; and 1ST Place winner and recipient of $300 prize: Lucy Coles, 11 years old from Twin Falls, ID.

Middle School Division – 3RD Place winner and recipient of $25: Lorelei Nichols, 11 years old from Twin Falls, ID; 2ND Place winner and recipient of $75: Shelby Bennett, 14 years old from Twin Falls, ID and for the second year in a row, 1ST Place winner and recipient of $300 prize: Andrew Honcharenko,14 years old from Twin Falls, ID.

High School Division – 3RD Place winner and recipient of $25: Brayden Norwood, 15 years old from Twin Falls, ID, 2ND Place winner and recipient of $75: Hannah Hoop, 16 years old from Hagerman, ID and 1ST Place winner and recipient of $300 prize: Carlos Munoz, 17 years old from Twin Falls, ID.

Artists entered in the main contest were invited to enter the Professionally Judged Competition. Judges John Taye and James Blankenship viewed the work of all 55 competitors.

Professor Emeritus at Boise State University, for 33 years Taye has taught a variety of drawing, painting and sculpture courses, and workshops at numerous other schools. He received a BFA at the University of Utah and an MFA at Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County.

Also Professor of Art Emeritus at Boise State University, Blankenship earned an MFA at Otis Art Institute, MA Brigham Young University, and Bachelor of Art Education Utah State�University. Studied at the Art Students League of New York.

The judges awarded Honorable Mention in the Three-dimensional category to Boise, ID artist Chris Callor for his entry interactive light and string piece Electric Lasso; 2nd Place was awarded to Hailey, ID artist Pamela DeTuncq for Once Upon A Time, a life-sized deer comprised of vintage needlepoint tapestries, foam, glass, leather, and antlers.
In the Two-dimensional category the judges awarded Honorable Mention to Twin Falls, ID artist Ron Hicks for his pastel drawing entry of Timmerman Hill entitled Headed to Paradise; 2nd Place was awarded to Declo, ID artist Silas Thompson for his oil painting entry of the Snake River canyon A Snake, A Pillar and A Wall.

The Professionally Judged Two-Dimensional Category winner and recipient of $1,500 is Livingston, MT artist Teneill Gauthier with her prismacolor pencil drawing entry The Joker.

The Professionally Judged Three-Dimensional Category winner and recipient of $1,500 is New Plymouth, ID artist Travis Emmen with his large wire sculpture entry of a boxer dog and ball entitled My Favorite Thing.

Selected by the public as their favorite Venue, the People Choice Venue Award and $300 prize was awarded to Premier Autogroup.

The rules were changed this year to best accommodate low entry in categories. The rules stipulated that a $1,000 prize would be awarded if ten or more artists entered that category. Categories with fewer than 10 entries would be combined and one $1,000 award would be given in that category. Luckily, there were enough entries that the Art & Soul Committee members voted to award $500 to the categories with fewer than ten entries.

Winners in each category are:�CERAMICS: Honorable Mention to Ka Harper, Burley, ID; 2nd Place to Paula Dodd, Twin Falls, ID; and recipient of $500 for BEST IN SHOW – CERAMICS – John A. Garrison II, Twin Falls, ID.

DRAWING: Honorable Mention to Ron Hicks, Twin Falls, ID; 2nd Place to Robert Ransom, Filer, ID; and recipient of $500 for BEST IN SHOW – DRAWING: Jerry King, Jackpot, NV.

FIBER: Honorable Mention to Dianne Totten, Marietta, GA; 2nd Place to Trena Triplett, Filer, ID; and recipient of $1,000 for BEST IN SHOW – FIBER: Stephanie Van Diest, Kimberly ID.

GLASS: Honorable Mention to Laurelle Gardner, Twin Falls, ID; 2nd Place to Joe Szerwo, Twin
Falls, ID; and recipient of $500 for BEST IN SHOW – GLASS: Shahab Fakhr, Twin Falls, ID.

JEWELRY: Honorable Mention to Karen Klinefelter, Boise, ID; 2nd Place to Donna Armstrong, Phoenix, AZ; and recipient of $500 for BEST IN SHOW – JEWELRY: Jodi Silvers-Miller, Boise, ID.

MIXED MEDIA: Honorable Mention to Marne Elmore, Boise, ID; 2nd Place to Marjorie McBride, Twin Falls, ID; and recipient of $1,000 for BEST IN SHOW – MIXED MEDIA: Amanda Jentzsch, Rupert, ID.

BEST IN SHOW – PAINTING, ACRYLIC: Honorable Mention to Rosi Martinez-Eckert, Buhl, ID; 2nd Place to Mimi Ford, Buhl, ID; and recipient of $1,000 for BEST IN SHOW – PAINTING, ACRYLIC: Stephanie Wright, Jerome, ID.

PAINTING, OIL: Honorable Mention to Silas Thompson, Declo, ID; 2nd Place to Marko Marino, Declo, ID; and recipient of $1,000 for BEST IN SHOW – PAINTING, OIL: Lejla Becirovic, Twin Falls, ID.

PAINTING, WATERCOLOR: Honorable Mention to Gerilyn Fuestel, Twin Falls, ID; 2nd Place to Roy Mason, Wendell, ID; and recipient of $1,000 for BEST IN SHOW – PAINTING, WATERCOLOR: Connie Pepper, Twin Falls, ID.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Honorable Mention to Skye Fassett, Kimberly, ID; 2nd Place to Jan Mittleider, Twin Falls, ID; and recipient of $1,000 for BEST IN SHOW – PHOTOGRAPHY: Kathi Jensen, Howe, ID.

SCULPTURE, OVER 3 FEET: Honorable Mention to D’Arcy Bellemy, Boise, ID; 2nd Place to Greg & Brock Bartlett, Twin Falls, ID; and recipient of $1,000 for BEST IN SHOW – SCULPTURE, OVER 3 FEET: Peter Hazel, Reno, NV.

SCULPTURE, UNDER 3 FEET: Honorable Mention to Renee Thompson, Twin Falls, ID; 2nd Place to David Farnsworth, Palm Springs, CA; and recipient of $500 for BEST IN SHOW – SCULPTURE, UNDER 3 FEET: Sue Jacobsen, Sun Valley, ID.

UNCATEGORIZED: Honorable Mention to Kevin Bradshaw, Twin Falls, ID, and Katie Neff and Steve Kaminiski, from Jerome, ID; 2nd Place to Pamela DeTuncq, Hailey, ID; and recipient of $1,000 for BEST IN SHOW – UNCATEGORIZED: Chris Callor, Boise, ID.

WOODWORK: Honorable Mention to Ken Triplett, Filer, ID; 2nd Place to Donald Pica, Twin Falls, ID; and recipient of $500 for BEST IN SHOW – WOODWORK: Ronald Gerton, Richland, WA.

The Art & Soul 4th Place winner and recipient of $1,500 is New Plymouth, ID artist Travis Emmen with his large wire sculpture entry of a boxer dog and ball entitled My Favorite Thing. As the Venue for the 4th Place Winner TitleFact receives $50.

The Art & Soul 3rd Place winner recipient of $2,500 is Sharon Breshears of Gooding, ID for her photography entry Through the Mist. As the Venue for the 3rd Place Winner the Orpheum Theatre receive $100.

For the first time in Art & Soul history two entries have tied for 1st Place. Due to the tie, there is no 2nd Place award. First Place winners and recipient of $10,000 each is David Bahr & Courtney Bjornn of Twin Falls, ID for their large fiber entry BMW Motorcycle made from corrugated fiber sheets; and David LaMure, Jr. of Kimberly, ID for his small bronze sculpture entry Vessel. As the Venues for the 1st Place Winners Middlekauff Auto Mall and Design 125 each receive $175.

Many of the Art & Soul 2017 contest winners will show their entries at the Magic Valley Arts Council, Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Place, Twin Falls, ID, where souvenir merchandise may still be purchased.

For more information, contact the Magic Valley Arts Council at 208-734-ARTS (2787).

 

Art & Soul of Magic Valley, presented by the Magic Valley Arts Council, is the largest cash prize art contest in the Northwest held each year in Twin Falls, ID. The competition brings artists, businesses and community members together to award $40,000 in prize money, with top prize taking home  $15,000. Art & Soul of Magic Valley will be April 14-29, 2017.

This unique Art and Community event offers fun, festivities, and excitement as artists’ works are seen by thousands of locals and visitors. Everyone 16 years old and older with a valid identification is encouraged to register to vote for their favorite art pieces. Public voting is free and determines all the winners.  In 2017 there will be more than 34 prize winners.

Artists’ works are showcased in Venues – Twin Falls city businesses, public offices and public spaces which become galleries for hundreds of pieces of art work displayed in multiple “neighborhoods throughout the city.”

Artists secure Sponsors to serve as the artist’s advocates.  Anyone can become a Sponsor: individuals, friends, family, civic groups or organizations, etc.

An artist must have both a sponsor and a venue to be entered into the contest. Artists submit an entry and application. The discounted Artist submission deadline is January 31, 2017.  Late registration runs February 1-7, 2017.

For more information, contact the Magic Valley Arts Council at 208-734-ARTS (2787).

2016 Interview with Art & Soul Founder Art Hoag

Go to the EVENTS Tab (above) to see all the Art & Soul events and arts related events taking place in our community April 14 – 29, 2017.

To find your favorite artists simply search by name or go the the CATEGORY tab and through the artists listed under each category.

Thursday April 13th:

All are invited to the official kick-off party for the 7th Annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Twin Falls Center for the Arts, home of the Magic Valley Arts Council.  Delight your senses with food, friends, and fun as we unveil this year’s art.  Enjoy live music and be among the first to register to vote!  195 River Vista Place.  For more information contact the Arts Council at 734-2787, www.magicvalleyartscouncil.org and the official Art & Soul website www.magicvalleyhasart.com.